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EXOTIC ANIMAL CRACKDOWN
COLUMBUS — A federal appeals court upholds Ohio's new restrictions on exotic animals, rejecting a challenge by owners who claimed the law is too stringent and forces them to join in associations with which they disagree. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 450 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT-POLITICAL SPEECH
WASHINGTON — In a rare move, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule as unconstitutional a state election law that bars people from making recklessly false statements about political candidates, saying it restricts free speech. The legal filing made this week at the Supreme Court is unusual because DeWine is opposing a law that he is charged with defending. By Hope Yen. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 2:30 p.m.
AROUND THE STATE:
OHIO GOVERNOR'S RACE
COLUMBUS — A challenge to the candidacy of a Libertarian governor's candidate is underway before a hearing officer designated by Ohio's elections chief. Libertarian Charlie Earl's bid for governor potentially could draw votes from Republican Gov. John Kasich, and attorneys debating Earl's candidacy are arguing Ohio's major parties are at work for and against him. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 325 words.
COLUMBUS — A central Ohio principal says she suspended a 10-year-old boy from school for three days for pretending his finger was a gun and pointing it at another student's head. SENT: 250 words.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — President Barack Obama is proposing a spending cut for a program that deals with some of the Great Lakes' most urgent environmental threats. By John Flesher. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.
— GREAT LAKES-WASHINGTON — TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Great Lakes advocates are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for funding of environmental projects and to discuss strategies for dealing with challenges such as invasive species.
OHIO JUDGE INDICTED
CINCINNATI — A juvenile court judge accused of misusing county credit cards and backdating court documents could go on trial as early as June, the judge overseeing her case says. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 400 words.
CHARLOTTE SHOOTING CONVICTION
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An Ohio man has been convicted of killing three people in North Carolina more than six years ago. SENT: 220 words.
COLUMBUS — State of Ohio officials are being asked to approve spending $21.9 million on new gambling machines that will help raise money for veterans' posts and fraternal organizations. SENT: 270 words.
— PLAYING CHILD-KILLED — CINCINNATI — A prosecutor's spokeswoman says no charges will be filed in the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old Cincinnati boy who police say was killed while one of his brothers was playing with a loaded gun he thought was a BB gun.
— CLEVELAND POLICE — CLEVELAND — The city of Cleveland has hired a private law firm to handle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estates of two people killed in a 2012 police chase.
— CHILD RAPE-CHURCH — DAYTON — A judge has sentenced a 20-year-old southwest Ohio man to 15 years to life in prison for raping a 5-year-old boy in a church bathroom last year.
— LAW SCHOOL-RETALIATION LAWSUIT — CLEVELAND — A Cleveland university says the dean of its law school has resigned amid a lawsuit by a professor accusing him of retaliation for reporting alleged sexual harassment by his boss.
— MOVIE-CINCINNATI — CINCINNATI — Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will be in Cincinnati soon to start shooting a new movie.
— YOUNGSTOWN STATE-TRESSEL — YOUNGSTOWN — Support is growing to make former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel the next president of Youngstown State University.
— SCHOOL OFFICIALS INDICTED — CLEVELAND — A school superintendent and grounds director have been charged with demanding and receiving bribes from a company that did business with their Cleveland-area district.
— ELECTRICITY THEFT-SLAYING — YOUNGSTOWN — A jury in northeast Ohio has acquitted a 22-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a neighbor over the theft of electricity.
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